The McBrides Book Three
By: Jennifer Ryan
Releasing August 12th, 2014
There's a new sheriff in Fallbrook … Meet Dylan McBride.
Jessie Thompson had one hell of a week. Dylan McBride, the boy she loved, skipped town without a word. Then her drunk of a father tried to kill her, and she fled Fallbrook, vowing never to return. Eight years later, her father is dead, and Jessie reluctantly goes home—only to come face-to-face with the man who shattered her heart. A man who, for nearly a decade, believed she was dead.
Dylan accepted the position as sheriff of Fallbrook looking for a fresh start and a chance to uncover the truth about Jessie's disappearance. He knew he'd have to face a few ghosts … he just never thought one would be Jessie, all grown up, stunning … and alive. The pull between them is instant, but Dylan's heart has already mourned Jessie, and she has secrets she can never share. Can they escape the darkness of their past for a chance at a bright future together?
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Jessie smiled to herself, thinking of Dylan, his eyes dancing with mischief. He’d practically bounced on the balls of his feet when he sent her out to the barn. He didn’t say how long she had to stay here. Not that it mattered. She had a lot of things to work on and had even finished a couple pieces already. She decided to use the time to start on a new idea she had for a side table for a bed or sofa. She ran the wood through the table saw, sawdust spewing out the bottom onto her shoes. She flipped the switch to turn the blade off and stepped back and right into Dylan. He’d showered and changed. She glanced at her watch, surprised she’d worked for a couple hours. “Hey,” she said.
“Hey, yourself. You did all this in two hours?”
“Did you think I’d just kick back and wait?”
“I didn’t think you’d build an entire table from scratch.”
“Well, see, there are still a few things you need to learn about me. I’m not good at doing nothing. Unless I want to,” she qualified.
He shook his head. “Come with me. I have something else I want you to do.”
“Are you kicking me off my property altogether?”
“No. I want you to go and get ready for something special. I have everything for you to wear upstairs.” He ushered her into the house and pushed her toward the stairs. “Do your hair and makeup. This is a very special occasion.”
People worked in her kitchen, wearing black slacks and white coats, fixing trays of food. “Caterers? What’s going on?”
“Just ignore them. You don’t see them, or anything else. Go upstairs and do yourself up all pretty.”
“Are you kidding me? What’s going on? Dinner isn’t for hours.”
“This is different. You’ll see.”
She took another look at the people milling around in her kitchen. Important enough for him to risk her wrath by ordering her around, Dylan swatted her on the butt and pointed his finger up the stairs. She headed up to do what he asked. She hated to disappoint him on his birthday. If he wanted her to fix herself up for something special, she’d go along.
She went into her room and found a garment bag hanging on the door to the bathroom. A shoebox sat on the floor. She opened the shoebox and gaped at the jeweled-strap high heels. They sparkled beautifully. She unzipped the garment bag and found a beautiful strapless white gown inside and gasped.
“He didn’t.” Excitement made her smile so big her cheeks hurt. She came out of the bathroom a half hour later with her makeup done. She put her hair up on the sides and let the rest fall down her back in thick waves. A couple of crystal-encrusted combs held her hair up. They sparkled like stars in her dark hair. The simple but elegant style complemented the dress. Time for the moment of truth, she slipped the dress from the hanger and tried it on, pleased to see it fit perfectly. The white dress fit tight across her breasts and dropped to her feet. Soft, see-through material mirrored the dress beneath and had small pearls and crystals sewn in randomly. She felt like a princess. Once the shoes were on and she studied herself in the mirror, she held back tears.
The dress, the shoes, everything was perfect. She felt beautiful. She couldn’t wait to show Dylan.
This was a great book. I absolutely hated everything that Jessie had to go through, and then to find out that everything had been kept from Dylan - That just pissed me off. There was a clear cut bad guy in this book, and sometimes it's the ones that you least expect that do the most harm to a person, or people. I was glad that Jessie gave Dylan a chance to repair what never should have been broken, and that Dylan took a stand and stood by Jessie. He showed her repeatedly how important she was to him, and that made a huge difference to her. There were a lot of little surprises in this book, most of them good, although there were a few that were really bad. Absolutely a fan of Jennifer's, and I love this series. The McBrides are pretty awesome.
JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
Please visit her website at www.jennifer-ryan.com for information about upcoming releases.
(Print Set of the McBrides Series Books One and Two (US/Canada))